Introducing dental implants in Abington, PA.
What Are Dental Implants?
Learn why dental implants are the number one choice for replacing missing teeth.
Inside a Dental Implant
Missing a tooth can lead to low self-esteem, feelings of embarrassment, and further health complications. Dr. Mona Patel uses her expertise to restore your smile with modern dental implants.
Dental implants are changing the face of restorative dentistry due to their high success rate. Why are implants so successful? In short, because they mimic your natural tooth and thus create a solid foundation for your replacement tooth. Plus, these implants preserve your jaw bone and prevent other teeth from shifting, restoring not only your smile but maintaining your overall health too.
An implant consists of a titanium post, which is designed to act as your natural tooth root. This biocompatible post is held in place by your natural bone. On top of the post is the implant connection (abutment). This holds your custom-made crown in place, so you can restore the function and beauty of your smile.
How Do Implants Work?
Dr. Mona Patel and our in-house specialist Dr. Hatam are able to accurately and efficiently place an implant. The process begins by cleaning the area of the missing tooth and then inserting the titanium post into your jaw. The post is then topped with your desired restoration, which includes:
Once placed, the implants and restoration bring lasting benefits by restoring your tooth’s function and beauty.
Dr. Patel continues to look for ways to improve implant dentistry and is involved with research into the Roxolid by ITI Straumann.
What are Implant-Supported Dentures?
The power of dental implants can be used to support overdentures and give them a solid foundation. Traditional dentures rest on your gums while implant-support dentures are fitted to implants that are attached to your jawbone.
This type of denture is available to those who have lost all their teeth and brings more stability. Implant-supported dentures can be removed to clean and are not designed to be worn at night. Two types of dentures can be placed on implant-supported dentures, bar-retained dentures, and ball-retained dentures. Both styles utilize an acrylic base and need 2-4 dental implants to stay in place.
In addition, Dr. Patel offers fixed options for implant dentures. The first is fixed implant-supported dentures, which use four special implants per arch to hold a set of fixed-in teeth. These dentures are permanently fixed into place and adjusted to complement your face and bite. The second option is implant-supported bridges. These dentures utilize eight implants per arch and consist of a number of three-unit bridges. The extra support facilitates bite force and even better stability.
Implant-supported dentures offer a modern alternative to traditional dentures. The advantages of these dentures include:
Better functionality: You can speak, bite, and chew easier with these dentures
Stability: Dental implants are placed into your jawbone so the denture moves less and is held securely in place
Natural-looking: These dentures sit flush to the gums and look like your natural teeth
Support your face: Your new teeth will support your facial features and prevents bone deterioration
Candidates for implant-supported dentures require a good amount of jawbone in order for implants to be placed. If these dentures are the right fit for you then you’ll benefit from a comfortable and beautiful smile.
Why You Will Love Dental Implants
98% of patients have found success with this restorative dental treatment.
Implants replace missing teeth so you can eat and chew like before. Plus, these durable and long-lasting restorations can be cared for like your natural teeth.
The natural-looking restorations placed on top of an implant are designed to replicate your teeth’s color and shape. You once again will smile with confidence.
Enjoy restored health as your new biocompatible implant helps avoid teeth shifting, gum degradation, and other dental issues associated with missing teeth.
In-house Specialist Care
Dr. Patel works alongside Dr. Hatam to give you the finest care possible.
Blue Bell Periodontics
Dr. Pouya Hatam is our in-house implant surgeon and shares the same philosophy of patient care as our team. She is always at the forefront of implant dentistry and enjoys developing a good rapport with our patients.
Here are some fast facts about Dr. Hatam:
Always a good experience with Dr. Patel and her staff. She is very attentive and explains procedures as she works. Her staff is very welcoming and attentive as well. I would highly recommend Dr. Patel's practice.
Jackie (Actual Patient)
FAQs About Dental Implants in Abington
Five questions everyone asks – answered!
- Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
You won’t be able to make a final decision until you have had a consultation with our specialist, but here are a few reasons why implants might be the right choice for you:
- Dental implants can feel, fit, and function just like your natural teeth
- You can bite normally and eat whatever you like
- You can care for dental implants as if they were your natural teeth
- Implants are fixed into place so you don’t need to worry about them shifting or slipping
- How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Take?
Every case is different so it is difficult to estimate an accurate time. After your initial consultation, Dr. Patel or Dr. Hatam will be able to give you an estimated timeframe in your treatment plan.
- Does It Hurt?
The majority of implant patients report feeling little or no pain. In fact, most are able to return to work and normal activities the next day. However, you may feel a little discomfort or bruising after the procedure.
- Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dentists have been using dental implants for over 30 years and during this time the procedure has proven safe and effective. The implant itself is made of titanium, which is compatible with your body and offers no complications. You will be cared for by our entire team before, during, and after your implant treatment – we all have your health as our priority.
- How Long Do Implants Last?
Dental implants can be cared for like you would care for your natural teeth. If properly maintained, an implant can last the rest of your lifetime. However, it is worth noting that restorations placed on top of implants might have a shorter lifespan.